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FCCLA students advance to state competition

FCCLA members Anissa Mench, left, and Kaitlin Warren present their STAR event before judges Joe Hinkle and Sandie Rentz. Photo by Dana Pavek, WDC Schools

Wadena-Deer Creek Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) members presented their STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) events at WDC Middle/High School on Feb. 13.

The following members have advanced to compete at the FCCLA Conference, set for April 11-13 in Bloomington, Minn.

Grace Mertens advanced in the category, "Everyday Equations." Also, several members advanced in the "See What We've Done" category: Lila Lohmiller's project was "Quilts of Valor," Raine Curtis and Kayla Peterson presented their "T-Shirt Diapers" project, Emma Taggart's project was on "No Kid Hungry," and Hayley Maloney's presentation was on the chapter "Dime Drive" to benefit the March of Dimes.

Also, Jessica Langer did an "Illustrated Talk" about breast cancer, and Kayla Hanson and Hope Norenberg competed successfully in the "Career Investigation" category.

Angela Torkkola earned high scores on the "Chapter Showcase Manual," presenting the FCCLA scrapbook. Anissa Mench and Kaitlin Warren advanced in the "Entrepreneurship" project, and Shania Lannes was successful in her "Teach and Train" project on becoming a family and consumer science teacher.

STAR events are competitive events in which members are recognized for proficiency and achievement in chapter and individual projects, leadership skills and career preparation. Students will continue to work with FCCLA Advisor Cindi Koll to perfect their presentations for the state competition.